A preliminary hearing in the murder of a former Fort Carson soldier has been continued for the second time.
Testimony had resumed this morning in the case against Carlos Michael Olguin and Damian Uriah Gradeless.
They are accused in the April 23 shooting of Joshua Fields, who was found shot to death in the 1800 block of B Street near an apartment complex. Previous testimony indicated the suspects had gone out to obtain marijuana that night when a fight broke out and the shooting occurred.
The lone witness this morning was Dr. Ruth Kohlmeier of the El Paso County Coroner’s office, who performed the autopsy on Fields.
She said he died of a gunshot wound to the left chest that fractured a rib and caused extensive bleeding. He also had bruises near his left ear and eyebrow and a stab wound on his left arm.
Toxicology tests showed traces of methamphetamine, marijuana, caffeine and nicotine in his body, Kohlmeier said.
Kohlmeier had a snappy reply when a defense attorney asked her what she knew about the circumstances of the shooting when she ruled the case a homicide.
“You’re not determining whether it’s justifiable homicide?” attorney Josh Tolini asked.
“No, that’s your business,” Kohlmeier replied.
Judge Theresa M. Cisneros scheduled the third installment of the preliminary hearing for June 14.
Here’s a link to our most recent story on the shooting: